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Coffee Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

Creamy homemade coffee ice cream with a sweet caramel swirl throughout.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time23 hrs 50 mins
Total Time1 d
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coffee, Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C coffee syrup
  • 1/3 C - 1/2C salted caramel sauce


  • Add 1/2 cup heavy cream to a medium bowl with a mesh strainer set on top. Set aside. 
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining heavy cream with whole milk, sugars and salt. Whisk to dissolve sugar. Whisk in vanilla and coffee syrup until combined. Continue cooking, whisking occasionally, until mixture begins to steam. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks. While continuously whisking, slowly drizzle 1 cup hot liquid mixture into yolks. Pour contents into saucepan and whisk to combine. Continue stirring occasionally until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour warm liquid through mesh strainer into reserved heavy cream. Stir gently to combine. Cool over an ice bath to room temperature, then cover and thoroughly chill in the refrigerator, at least 4 hours or overnight. 
  • Prepare homemade caramel sauce as directed. Cool to room temperature prior to using. 
  • Churn ice cream according to manufacturer's directions. 
  • In a freezer safe container, layer sections of ice cream and caramel sauce. Continue drizzling caramel sauce throughout and gently swirl. Cover and freeze until solid. 
  • Serve with additional caramel sauce if desired. 


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
*Store bought caramel sauce may be used in place of homemade.
**Coffee syrup can be found near the powdered and liquid drink mixes, sometimes near the dairy aisle as well or can be purchased online. There are several brands available on the market.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel